Warmer, Sunny Days to Return This Week

After months of unseasonably cool temperatures, the weather in Southern California is expected to settle into a more natural pattern this week--plenty of sun and warmer temperatures.

Through Wednesday, afternoon highs in the Valley will range from the mid- to upper 80s, said Wes Etheredge, a meteorologist with WeatherData Inc., which provides forecast information to The Times.

The warmest area in the Valley today will be Woodland Hills, which is expected to see a high of 89. Slightly cooler temperatures are forecast in Chatsworth, Van Nuys and Burbank.

"There's a high pressure system centered over the eastern Pacific, and the weather pattern in most of the West Coast will be strongly influenced by that, meaning summer-like temperatures and weather," Etheredge said.

The ultraviolet index today at noon, when the sun's rays are most direct, will be between 7 and 8. People with fair skin will begin to burn after eight minutes of exposure.

Morning lows through Wednesday are expected to be in the mid- to upper 50s. Breezes up to 15 mph are also forecast through Wednesday.

The mercury will dip slightly on Thursday and Friday, with afternoon temperatures topping out in the low 80s. Morning lows are expected to be in the low 60s.

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